What to look for when Buying a LCD monitor

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  1. BenS

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    I couldn't find any info on what specs are the most important to look for when buying a lcd monitor. Do you want high refresh low dot, pitch, high resolution, etc...
     
  2. Scott L

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    It's fairly simple when dealing with LCD as most panels are a derivative of 3-5 panel manufacturers. A higher contrast ratio is always good, but seeing it in person is even better.

    Refresh rate and resolution aren't that important when comparing because:

    a) Due to the nature of LCD pixels lighting up they aren't as responsive as CRT pixels. Most LCDs look great @ 60hz.

    b) Resolution is based on screen size. 1024 for 15", 1280 for 17", etc.. Go with waht you need, 17" is the most popular right now but if you have money to spare and like to do a lot of graphic editing/website design then a bigger size always helps.

    Also note that if you game make sure your PC can handle the native res that your LCD supports. LCD scaling sucks, but so does 20fps in 1280x1024.
     
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    What is the native resolution of that monitor? Remember, LCD monitors have a fixed resolution. If the monitor's native resolution is 1280x1024, but your game is running at 800x600, you will see ugly jaggies and other scaling artifacts. However, some monitors have the option to not scale the image at lower resolutions...you will get a black border around the image instead (ie. at 800x600 on a 1280x1024 monitor, half the screen will be a thick black border).

    Also, some people have issues with image streaking/ghosting because of the slow refresh rate of LCDs. Typical LCD monitors have a refresh of 25 ms (40 frames per second refresh).

    Keep in mind that LCD monitors are not very good for photoediting...their colors are typically inaccurate for this type of work than a standard CRT monitor.

    And, if you intend to do a lot of gaming, the native resolution of the LCD monitor may limit your framerate performance unless you don't mind the scaling artifacts.
     
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    Can you provide a link to the site and page containing the specs for that monitor?

    I'd hold off ordering it until you know for sure! I'd hate to see you get ripped off! [​IMG]
     
  7. Tekara

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    they might not list a native resolution, though with it being a 17" panel, I would easily say it's native resolution is 1280x1024. the deal with native resolution is that the image will the best when it's using this resolution. most LCDs can display multiple resolutions but the image quality will suffer with non-native resolutions.

    what is your typical computing habits? do you play games, if so what type. because this will determine what you should be picky about. if you are a heacvy first person shooter gamer like myself, then you would want a monitor with a quicker response time to reduce ghosting. whereas if you are using your computer for surfing the internet and word processing then response time really won't affect you much.

    (edited for accuracy)
     
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    17" panels typically have a native resolution of 1280x1024. CRTs of the same size are usually used at 1024x768.
     
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